Crews Cleaning Up Containers at Port of Karachi After Ship Scrapes Another

ReutersBy Syed Raza Hassan Karachi, Pakistan, March 20 (Reuters) – Authorities in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi have launched an effort to retrieve 21 containers knocked overboard after a ship moving into its berth brushed against a stationary vessel, officials said on Tuesday.

No one was injured in Monday’s incident at South Asia Pakistan Terminals (SAPT), a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings of Hong Kong commissioned last year, and port operations were not suspended, the terminal operator said.

The container vessel Tolten scraped against the stationary Hamburg Bay as it was berthing, disloding the containers stowed on its left side and sending them into the water.

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“Karachi Port Trust, the regulatory authority has deployed all available resources for surveying the channel and retrieving containers,” SAPT said in a statement, adding that it was assisting in the operation.

A survey of damage to the Tolten is expected to be completed by Wednesay, SAPT added, and the Hamburg Bay is expected to set sail soon. (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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